Podcasts

The Imagination Desk

In this occasional audio series, we chat with artists, scholars, scientists, and technologists about what inspires them and how they define and use imagination in their work. You can follow and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, and Libsyn.

Moya Bailey - Moya Bailey is a Black queer feminist scholar, writer, and activist. She is the co-author of #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice and has a new book Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance coming out May 2021. In this ...
Troy L. Wiggins - Troy L. Wiggins is a writer and editor with a focus on Black speculative fiction and social justice.  In this episode of The Imagination Desk, we chat with Troy about power of speculative art as a tool for Black people around the world to reckon with t...
Ytasha Womack - Ytasha Womack is an award-winning author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist. She is a leading expert on Afrofuturism, and on the imagination and its applications. In this conversation ...
Jonathan Alexander - This episode of The Imagination Desk features Jonathan Alexander. Jonathan is Professor of English and Informatics at The University of California, Irvine and author of books such as Writing Youth: Young Adult Fiction as Literacy Sponsorship (2016) and...
YACHT - This episode of The Imagination Desk features the band YACHT or Young Americans Challenging High Technology. We spoke with them about their new album Chain Tripping and it's use of machine learning.
Paolo Bacigalupi - This episode of The Imagination Desk features science fiction heavy-weight Paolo Bacigalupi, author of The Water Knife and Shipbreaker. We caught up with him in this bonus episode to discuss the changes in his writing process as well as his latest proj...
Maureen McHugh - This episode of The Imagination Desk features Maureen McHugh. Maureen is an author and narrative designer who has worked on some of the biggest transmedia stories and alternate reality games (ARGs) in the history of the medium including The Beast for S...
Matt Derby - This episode of The Imagination Desk features Matt Derby. Matt is a writer and designer who works on innovative media projects where these two disciplines meet. Matt is a designer at the game studio Harmonix, the co-writer of the serialized fiction pod...
Anne Cofell Saunders - Our first interview for The Imagination Desk features Anne Cofell Saunders. Anne is an award-winning TV writer and producer, who has worked on some of the most popular genre shows of the past decade including Battlestar Galactica, Chuck, Smallville, an...

Imagining Intelligence

Imagining Intelligence is a 6-part podcast, coming soon from SciFi House and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination.

Science fiction has long speculated about thinking machines and engineered beings. Now, with artificial intelligence becoming ubiquitous, let’s learn from these stories to navigate towards a future we want.
In this series, futurist Brian David Johnson talks with science fiction authors, researchers, technologists, activists, and policy makers to explore the human dimensions of machine intelligence.